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Police to curb rising drug menace in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Sep 19: Following orders from DIG Kolhan, Aseem Vikrant Minz, the district police are working on a strategy to curb rising drug menace in the city and its outskirts.

During a recent meeting, Minz had questioned SSP M Tamil Vanan along with other senior cops, about the increasing menace of sale and consumption of drugs in the Steel City.

Expressing concern over rising incidents of drug menace, Minz said that former DIG Rajiv Ranjan Singh had announced a 20-member special team to combat drug menace in Jamshedpur and Adityapur in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district. The team will continue to function.

Moreover, the erstwhile Seraikela-Kharsawan SP, Mohammed Arshi during his two-year tenure carried out effective operations against the drug-peddlers who would operate from the Adityapur Muslim Bustee. He did not only arrest several drug-peddlers, but also succeeded in nailing Dolly, the lady kingpin who had been evading arrest for a long time. Following strict action of the police, the drug-peddlers from the Adityapur Muslim Bustee have started selling brown sugar in the steel city’s localities like Azadnagar, Mango, and Parsudih. DIG reiterated that the steps are being taken to curb the menace.

The DIG said that the East Singhbhum district already has a team of skilled police officers to detect crimes in which the internet or cell-phone is largely used.

The matters related to redeployment of police and para-military forces were discussed and necessary decisions were taken but said that the details about the force deployment cannot be shared with the media.

A police officer spoke of a multi-pronged strategy, targeting both the demand and supply sides of the drug traffic. This would involve cultivating sources among the student community and tracing the drug trafficking networks, located mostly in the State. “There has been a drastic change in the pattern of consumption from natural psychotropic substances to chemical compounds as is evident from recent cases,” he noted.

With the rising alcohol and drug addiction among adolescents in the steel city being a major cause of concern, medical experts and counsellors have stressed the need for coming out of the denial mode and imbibing strong family values so that children do not fall prey to peer pressure.

Officials attribute the boom in the drug culture to the pumping in of money from the Gulf countries as well as to the boom in the realty sector.

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